Top 10 Best F1 Drivers
10 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Joseph Ricciardo is an Australian racing driver who currently competes for the Renault F1 Team in Formula One. As part of a deal with Red Bull he entered Formula One as a test driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso and made his debut with the HRT team at the 2011 British Grand Prix. He then raced for the 2012 and 2013 seasons on Toro Rosso. Ricciardo has been confirmed as his replacement at Red Bull Racing for 2014 after Mark Webber announced his retirement from Formula One.
9 Lando Norris
Lando Norris has British-Belgian dual nationality as a racing driver. He currently competes in Formula One, racing under the British flag for McLaren. He won the 2015 MSA Formula Championship and the 2016 Northern European Cup Toyota Racing Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0.
8 Sergio Perez
Pérez was Ferrari Driver Academy member up to 2012. At the Malaysian Grand Prix 2012 he took his first Formula One podium with Sauber, a drive that earned him plaudits and fuelled talk about a move to Ferrari in the near future. Later, though, Pérez told reporters he expected to stay with Sauber until at least the end of the 2012 season. He has been referred to as “The Mexican Wunderkind” because of his young age and success.
Pérez joined McLaren in the 2013 season but the car didn’t give a single podium finish to the team. The team then decided to replace Pérez with Danish driver Kevin Magnussen very late into the season, nearly leaving Pérez without a seat for the 2014 season. It was revealed in December 2013 that Force India had agreed on a € 15 million contract to Pérez.
7 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver, driving for Scuderia Ferrari in Formula One. He is a four-time Formula One World Champion, winning consecutive titles with Red Bull Racing in 2010–2013 and is considered by many to be one of the best drivers in the sport’s history.
6 Alexander Albon
Through encouragement from his father, Nigel Albon, Albon began his career by racing karts at a very young age. Between 2006 and 2010 he enjoyed karting success including titles at the 2006 Super 1 Honda National Championship (Cadet Class), the 2009 Super 1 Honda National Championship (KF3 Class) and the 2010 European Championship (KF3 Class).
5 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz Vázquez de Castro On this sound recording, known as Carlos Sainz Jr. (help·info) A Spanish racing driver currently racing in Formula One for McLaren is about this sound audio (help·info), or simply Carlos Sainz. He is the son of Carlos Sainz, two-time World Rally Champion. His uncle Antonio Sainz was a rally driver, as well. Sainz rode with Carlin in the 2012 British and European Formula 3 championships. In 2014, he won the championship for DAMS in Formula Renault 3.5, before moving to F1 with Toro Rosso.
4 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Viktor Bottas is a Finnish racing driver currently competing with Mercedes in Formula One, having driven for Williams from 2013 to 2016 before that. Bottas has won seven races since joining Mercedes, three in 2017 and four in 2019. In the upcoming 2020 season, he’ll start driving for Mercedes, partnering with Lewis Hamilton.
On 28 August 1989 Valtteri was born to Rauno Bottas and Marianne Välimaa in Nastola, Finland. His father owns a small cleaning firm and his mother is an entrepreneur. He was raised in Heinola. Bottas served briefly in the Finnish army which is compulsory for adult males. His military rank is Corporal Lance.
3 Charles Leclerc
In 2018, Leclerc made his Formula One debut for Sauber, a Ferrari-affiliated team for which he was part of Ferrari Driver Academy. With Sauber finishing last year before, Leclerc led the charge to eighth-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship, being the higher ranked of the two Sauber drivers. Leclerc is expected to be driving for Ferrari from 2019 and contracted until the end of the 2024 season. At the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix he became the second-youngest driver to qualify for pole position in Formula One.
In 2012, Leclerc graduated with the factory-backed ART Grand Prix team in the KF2 category and won the WSK Euro Series title, as well as finishing runner-up in the CIK-FIA European KF2 Championship and the CIK-FIA Under 18 World Karting Championship. Leclerc won the South Garda Winter Cup in his final year of karting in 2013, claiming sixth place in the CIK-FIA European KZ Championship, and finishing second in the CIK-FIA World KZ Championship, behind the current Red Bull Formula One driver Max Verstappen.
2 Max Verstappen
Max Emilian Verstappen is a Belgian-Netherlands racing driver who competes with Red Bull Racing under the Dutch flag in Formula One. He became the youngest driver to race in Formula One at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, when he was aged 17 years, 166 days. Of Formula One racing he owns another eight “firsts.”
He began his 2016 campaign with the Italian team after spending the 2015 season with Scuderia Toro Rosso, before being promoted to parent team Red Bull Racing after four races as a replacement for Daniil Kvyat. At 18, on his Red Bull Racing debut, he won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, becoming the youngest-ever driver and the first Dutch driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix.
1 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE HonFREng is a British racing driver who competes for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team in Formula One. A six-time Formula One World Champion, he is widely considered one of the greatest drivers in the sport’s history and is considered to be the greatest of all time by some.
At the age of five, Hamilton took up karate to defend himself as a result of school bullying; later, as part of his karting rivalry with future Formula One Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, who was already able to ride one, he learned to ride a unicycle. Hamilton’s father bought him a radio-controlled car in 1991 which gave him his first taste of racing before finishing second in the next year’s national BRCA championship. He said of the time: “I raced against adults in these remote-controlled cars and won club championships.”